OxyCide Class Action Breakdown

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Ecolab, Inc. presented a solution for hospitals to reduce costs by supplying a daily disinfectant cleaner and a dilution management system. Ecolab also promised that their product would help reduce instances of Clostridium difficile infections. Even though Ecolab marketed their products as a safe alternative to other cleaners, reports of hazardous side effects poured in from individuals who used OxyCide. Ecolab also went so far as to hide the results of their internal investigation despite the negative reports. Read on to learn more about the dangers of OxyCide, and what to do if you have been exposed.

Dangers of OxyCide

There are three main active ingredients that make up OxyCide — hydrogen peroxide, acetic acid, and peracetic acid (PAA). PAA is a known toxin that causes harmful symptoms even at low levels. Symptoms of PAA exposure include eye, skin, and respiratory tract irritation. As reports of negative side effects became more frequent, Ecolab did not take any immediate action. Instead, Ecolab intentionally ignored these reports and did not recommend any safety measures when managing the product.

Other side effects reported due to PAA exposure along with a NIOSH survey include:

• Burning eyes
• Burning nose and nose bleeds
• Chemical burns in throat
• Coughing and/or wheezing
• Difficulty breathing and/or shortness of breath
• Skin burns and rashes

These are only a few side effects from an extensive list of potential dangers due to PAA exposure. Long-term exposure to PAA can result in damage to the kidney, liver, and can cause pulmonary edema and circulatory problems.

Documented Risks of OxyCide from Government Investigations

A study conducted by the National Institute of Occupational Safety (NIOSH) in a Pennsylvania hospital revealed more dangers of PAA. The study concluded that the symptoms of irritation reported by employees were related to the active ingredient in PAA. NIOSH also found issues with the OxyCide dilution management system which was sold under the assumption that it would mitigate the risk of exposure to PAA. However, product tests found its dilution methods unreliable. Currently, government recommendations suggest exposure limits of fifteen minutes or less which qualifies as short-term PAA exposure. However, more employees are coming down with health concerns displaying the dangers of repeated or prolonged PAA exposure.

How We Can Help After OxyCide Exposure

If you have become ill or impaired after prolonged exposure to OxyCide, we want to help. In cases of significant harm, you may be eligible for compensation. Our class action attorneys have extensive experience standing for healthcare workers nationwide. Your story could supply vital evidence in our argument against Ecolab.

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